.As you probably know I was born in a family of royalty- it simply means- character, courage, steadfastness, determination, and persistency and love to do good to all.
Did I live up to that- I leave it up to God to judge. I was born in a great and famous family with centuries of history- whether as a Kshatria (this is the ruling cast) family going back to the recorded history of Emperor Ashoka 304 BC – 232 BC). This is the time we left the northern part of
to escape from conversion to Buddhism. We came to South East part of India India to be converted to Christianity by , the disciple of Christ. As such our narrated history of the family goes as Christians goes to 52 AD. The recorded history traced back to 352 AD as Christians. We served kings till my grand father’s time. We used to train the army of kings. St. Thomas
A sword, a oil lamp and the structure is where people where trained. What is written there is in Malayalam means PANICKER FAMILY.
This is our court of arm.
I was born in a loving family – but not rich but not poor- My father was youngest of the seven children. But he was the most educated. May be his education was equal present day high school. Then he probably took teachers training and taught the elementary school run by the Malankara Orthodox Church where we were members. My father K.G Thomas Panicker was the trustee of the church for many years- until we reunited with the universal church. His initials K.G stands for [KallempellilThekethil (this is his house name) Geevarghese (this is his father’s name). His brothers were: K.G Chacko Panicker, K.G Koshy Panicker. K.G Geevarghese Panicker, K.G Mathai Panicker. His sisters were: K.G Mariamma Panicker, K.G Sosamma Panicker.
My mother M.O Achiyamma was a member of the famous family Kaitahyil, Kallooppara,
. Her maiden name was Thomas. Her grand mother was from one of the most famous Christian family – Maret . My mother was teacher. She did leave her teaching career when she got married. She had two brothers, and four sisters. Her initial M. O stands for Moolalpellil Kaitahyil (house name) Oommachen (father’s name) –this is Indian name used for Thomas as well. Her brothers were: M. O Ninan, M.O ….. (Kunjchenachayan). Her sisters were: M. O Saramma, M.O Annamma and Kunjamma who died as a child. Kerala, India
You know many members of her family is across
. Rajan Maret and Ommen Maret all belong to her family. Many bishops of Orthodox Church and Marthomite church came from this family. Some of the first judges of the State came from this family. My mothers uncle was one of the famous judge in the State. USA
You know all my brothers and sisters and their children
If you are interested you can ask someone to read the family history and translate it to you. The book traces the history back to 352 AD. The important piece of information missing in the book is the female side o f the family- once a girl is married out their whereabouts are knot recorded in the family history. I think it was a mistake. But reasoning behind it was that it was included where she was married to. Unfortunately there it was mentioned only as a person – but not shown full history.
What my brother wrote before his death and kept it for me is as follows:
I. All possibly available information about the Panicker family can be gathered from the two parts of the book Panicker Kudumbayoga Charithram (published by Panicker Kudumba charithra Committee in 1991).
II. Specific information on Karichal Saka (=branch) is available in the first part of the book, from page 169.
Relevant information regarding the family tree of Karichal Sakha can be gathered from the 2nd part P 204
You may be bale to pick the required details from the pages referred to above.
III. As for definite and detailed information there are no personnel alive now who can be contacted as a resource personnel. Most probably I may be the best source available now.
Our ancestor who came from Mavelikara and settled in Karichal in Panackavil Thekethil was a Geevarghese Panicker. His wife was from Muleppampallil ( I am not sure I am spelling this right)
. Her elder sister was married to Alumuttil Family in Karichal, Kerala, India . Kerala, India
This elder sister and her husband persuaded Geevarghese Panicker to come to Karichal and settle there.
Geevarghese Panicker had two sons – Chacko Panicker and Mathai Panicker.
Chacko Panicker later settled in Kallampallil Thekethil ( the initial of my father came from this. This our ancestor) and Mathai Panicker settled in Chackalyil ( another house name) as the ancestors of Kallamparmpil Family.
The descendents of Chacko Panicker to which we belong can be described as follows:
1) Chacko Panicker had five sons and three daughters. The sons are: Geevarghese Panicker ( my grand father).
2)Rev Fr. Koshy Apnicker(called Kochoy Achen – settled in Thiruvella).
3)Cherian Panicker (kochukunju) settled in Chellichira, Kattanam,
. Kerala, India
4)And his twin brother Chacko Panicker who married from Putehnpurackkal, Karichal and settled there.
One of the sisters was married to Cherukara Puthenpurackel, Ayroor,
Another sister was married to Mammoottil Thazhakara, Mavelikara, Kerala
And the third one was married to Ottathengail, Muttom,
. Kerala, India
( Achen did not provide the name of these sisters. There area lot of direct relations of tehse sisters in
Our grand ( Achen forgot to mention who it was. I think it was an uncle) was from Pallivathikkal, Thumpamon,
. There are many of her direct relations are here in Kerala, India . USA
Our grand father got married form Manalel, Niranam,
. Her name was Sosamma (our grand mother). She had two sisters – one married in Venmani and other in Edanad. (Achen did not give name of the families). Kerala, India
Our mother Achiyamma daughter of Kaithayil Mullappallil Oommachen and Eliamma ( from Maret Family) had three sisters.( Saramma, Annamma, Kunjumol-she died at early age) two brothers- Kochukunju and Kunjachen.
Our grand father Geevarghese Panicker had seven children: Chacko Panicker, settled in the latter part of his life in vazhoor, Kerala India, Matahi Panicker settled in Karichal, Mariamma married to Karakatt Mattackel, Kadappara, kerala, Kochoy ( Koshy Panickersettled in Vazhoor, Sosamma married to Vazuvelil, Kalloopara, Kerala (Tom knows there descendents – in California, NJ), Keevvarchen (Geevarghese Panicker)settled in Vazhoor. S you see Kochoy, Keevarchen, Sosamma, and later Chcako Panicker all settled in Vazhoor.
Thomas Panicker (thomachen) – this is my father.and Matahi Panicker (Mathichen)remained in Karichal.
Our uncles Chacko Panicker, Koshy Panicker,Geevarghese Panicker our auntie Sosamma all sttled in Vazhoor(pulikkal Kavala)because o fthe influence o f their uncle Mammen, who settled in Pulikkal Kavala. He was known as Peeikayil Asan.” This is what my brother Achen left on his desk for me before his death.
I, John Panicker was born as the fifth child. Well you know 1939 was the time of world war with enormous difficulties - economic, social and political turmoil. My father from the small income from teaching and farming rice etc took care of the family of nine. He sent us to elementary School, Middle School and high School. That is all what he could afford to. He treated boys and girls equally. It was not the custom of the time.
My elder brother C. T Geevarghese Panicker (PanickerAchen) ( C= Chelupellil –house name; T= Thomas- father’s name) when he completed high school he decided to become a priest. My great uncle Seravnt of God Mar Ivanios visited one of my local church- my father went to see him with my brother- the great bishop Mar Ivanios asked my brother to join him to become a priest- he made the decision then and there.
My brother C.T Thomas Panicker is the one who lives in Pandalam. Their children Preethi Thomas Panicker, Shobha Thresa George and Santosh Zacharia Panicker.
My brother C.T Chacko Panicker is the one who left to eternity. You know all his children
My sister C.T Sosamma Panicker Kuruvilla is now in
. You know her children Kochi
My sister C.T Aleyamma Panicker – is the nun – Sr. Josepha
My sister C.T Mariamma Panicker Kunju is the one at Kottyam. You know all her children.
That is my family.